NOVENA TO ST. JOSEPH

Year of Saint Joseph Indulgences

                  With the Apostolic Letter Patris Corde (With a Father’s Heart), Pope Francis announced a special year dedicated to Saint Joseph. The Year culminating on December 8, 2021 coincides with the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s proclamation of Saint Joseph as the Patron of the Universal Church. The Apostolic Penitentiary issued a decree granting a plenary indulgence to the faithful under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the Pope’s intention) to Christians who, with a spirit detached from any sin, participate in the Year of Saint Joseph on the occasions and in the manner indicated by the Apostolic Penitentiary:

      1. Participate in a spiritual retreat for at least one day that includes a meditation on Saint                         Joseph.

      2. Pray for Saint Joseph’s intercession for the unemployed that they might find dignifying                      work.

      3. Recite the Litany of Saint Joseph for persecuted Christians.

      4. Entrust one’s daily work and activity to the protection of Saint Joseph the Worker.

      5. Follow Saint Joseph’s example in performing a corporal work of mercy.

      6. Follow Saint Joseph’s example in performing a spiritual work of mercy.

      7. Pray the rosary together with one’s family.

      8. Engaged couples can also receive an indulgence from praying the rosary together.

      9. Meditate at least 30 minutes on the Lord’s Prayer.

      10. Celebrate the Feast of Saint Joseph on March 19 with an act of piety in honor of Saint                         Joseph.

      11. Pray an approved prayer to Saint Joseph on the 19th of any month.

      12. Honor Saint Joseph with an act of piety or approved prayer on any Wednesday, the day                      traditionally dedicated to Saint Joseph.

      13. Celebrate the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker on May 1 with an act of piety or                                  approved prayer.

      The Apostolic Penitentiary permits any prayer to Saint Joseph approved by the Church. However, the Penitentiary mentions, in particular, the prayer composed by Pope Leo XIII:

      To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our tribulation, and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke your patronage also. Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through your paternal love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by His Blood, and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.

      O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ; O most loving father, ward off from us every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be kind to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle with the power of darkness.

      As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen.

Saint Joseph Novena Prayer (Recommend for March 10-19)

Each day of the Novena recite the following prayer, add your own intention and then close with one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory be to the Father.

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God. I place in you all my interests and desires. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.

Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary of contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls – Pray for me.    Amen

(Mention your request then say 1: Our Father…1: Hail Mary… 1: Glory Be…

Day 1 – Recite the Saint Joseph Novena Prayer  (Mention your request)  Say 1: Our Father…1: Hail Mary… 1: Glory Be…

Day 2 – Recite the Saint Joseph Novena Prayer  (Mention your request)  Say 1: Our Father…1: Hail Mary… 1: Glory Be…

Day 3 – Recite the Saint Joseph Novena Prayer  (Mention your request)  Say 1: Our Father…1: Hail Mary… 1: Glory Be…

Day 4 – Recite the Saint Joseph Novena Prayer  (Mention your request)  Say 1: Our Father…1: Hail Mary… 1: Glory Be…

Day 5 – Recite the Saint Joseph Novena Prayer  (Mention your request)  Say 1: Our Father…1: Hail Mary… 1: Glory Be…

Day 6 – Recite the Saint Joseph Novena Prayer  (Mention your request)  Say 1: Our Father…1: Hail Mary… 1: Glory Be…

Day 7 – Recite the Saint Joseph Novena Prayer  (Mention your request)  Say 1: Our Father…1: Hail Mary… 1: Glory Be…

Day 8 – Recite the Saint Joseph Novena Prayer  (Mention your request)  Say 1: Our Father…1: Hail Mary… 1: Glory Be…

Day 9 – Recite the Saint Joseph Novena Prayer  (Mention your request)  Say 1: Our Father…1: Hail Mary… 1: Glory Be…

ADDITIONAL PRAYERS:

Saint Joseph Prayer of Protection

“Great St. Joseph,
whose protection is so strong and prompt before
the Throne of God, I place in you all my interests
and desires. Assist me by your most powerful
intercession to obtain all spiritual blessings,
in Jesus Christ, our Lord. And, by gaining here
below your Heavenly favor, I offer my thanksgiving
and homage to God, the most loving of Fathers.

Oh Great St. Joseph, I never weary in thinking of you,
with the Child Jesus asleep in your arms.
Ask for me the favor of His love, when I draw my
dying breath! St. Joseph, the Patron of
departing souls — Pray for me.”

Powerful Prayer to St. Joseph

“Saint Joseph,
father and guardian of virgins,
into whose faithful keeping
were entrusted Innocency itself,
Christ Jesus, and Mary,
the Virgin of virgins,
I pray and beseech Thee
through Jesus and Mary,
those pledges so dear to you,
to keep me from all uncleanness,
and to grant that my mind
may be untainted, my heart
pure and my body chaste;
help me always to serve Jesus
and Mary in perfect chastity.
Amen.”

Bishop Vasa suggests the Novena to St. Joseph

ADDITIONAL PRAYERS:

Saint Joseph Prayer of Protection

“Great St. Joseph,
whose protection is so strong and prompt before
the Throne of God, I place in you all my interests
and desires. Assist me by your most powerful
intercession to obtain all spiritual blessings,
in Jesus Christ, our Lord. And, by gaining here
below your Heavenly favor, I offer my thanksgiving
and homage to God, the most loving of Fathers.

Oh Great St. Joseph, I never weary in thinking of you,
with the Child Jesus asleep in your arms.
Ask for me the favor of His love, when I draw my
dying breath! St. Joseph, the Patron of
departing souls — Pray for me.”

Powerful Prayer to St. Joseph

“Saint Joseph,
father and guardian of virgins,
into whose faithful keeping
were entrusted Innocency itself,
Christ Jesus, and Mary,
the Virgin of virgins,
I pray and beseech Thee
through Jesus and Mary,
those pledges so dear to you,
to keep me from all uncleanness,
and to grant that my mind
may be untainted, my heart
pure and my body chaste;
help me always to serve Jesus
and Mary in perfect chastity.
Amen.”